2018 is the year to read more, isn’t it?
This tweet by Wale Lawal proves this much, with its many retweets and likes.
However, it can also be overwhelming to decide which books to start with. Especially books that will keep you asking for more.
So, here are 4 books to start your New Year book resolutions with, especially if you are looking to read more African literature.
1. Yewande Omotoso: The Woman Next Door
In her novel, Yewande writes about two prickly old women, one black and one white, who discover, after 20 years of exchanging digs and insults, that they might help each other.
Hortensia and Marion are anything but friends and would like it to remain that way. But then a repair project leaves Hortensia with a broken leg and Marion in need of temporary housing.
Published by Kachifo Limited under its Farafina imprint, this is one book to start the new year with. Buy it here.
2. Chimamanda Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun
Olanna is a beautiful London-educated woman who abandons her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover, Odenigbo.
Soon after their new life begins, the Nigerian Civil War starts. As Nigerian troops advance and they and their loved ones run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.
Get it on Amazon here.
3. Leye Adenle: Easy Motion Tourist
Adenle’s novel entertains from beginning to end.
This compelling crime novel is set in contemporary Lagos and features Guy Collins, a British journalist, who is found close to a mutilated body, discarded by the side of a club in Victoria Island, and is picked up by the police as a potential suspect.
Collins soon finds out there is more to Lagos than just its bustling traffic.
Buy it here.
4. Adewale Maja-Pearce: The House My Father Built
The House My Father Built is a memoir of a ten-year struggle between the author and his “inherited” tenants. After inheriting a house in Surulere from his late father and waiting ten years for the terms of the inheritance to be fulfilled, Maja-Pearce is eager to take possession of his house. So he offers his tenants a one-year rent-free break, after which they are to vacate his property. Little does he know that, when the time comes to leave, his tenants would put him through one of the fiercest, and probably the most ridiculous, battles to stay put.
Get it here.